Monday, November 11, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Ali

Is your novel looking a little bloated? Do you have a sneaking feeling you’ve repeated yourself a few times? Are some of your scenes really just unnecessary padding between episodes of action?

Believe me, I’ve been there. I cut my novel Lycopolis from 135,000 words (Draft 5) to 85,000 words (Draft 6).

It made for a much stronger novel, and I’m hugely grateful to my editor Lorna Fergusson for her invaluable help in deciding what to cut.

Now, I’m hoping your novel won’t require quite such drastic pruning as mine. Chances are, though, that you’re going to have some cutting to do.

How can you tell if you need to do away with some of your hard-won words?

To read the rest of the post click here.


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. The Other Side of the Story: You're So Emotional: Describing Emotions
  2. How To Find RSS Feeds From Pinterest Users And Boards? | SociableBlog
  3. Four Ways to Cut Your Novel’s Draft (and Make Your Story Stronger) — Aliventures
  4. Passion: How To Tap Into Yours Every Time You Write | Write to Done
  5. Social Media for Authors: [Groan] Do I HAVE To? | Catherine, Caffeinated
  6. 7 Scientifically-Backed Copywriting Tips | Copyblogger
  7. Facebook Changes Like Buttons: This Week in Social Media | Social Media Examiner
  8. Etiquette with Professional Writers | The Passive Voice |
  9. CreateSpace’s New Distribution Options: Pros and Cons | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  10. 3 Ways to Know When to End Your Chapters |
  11. Ten rules for writing fiction | Books |
  12. Linda Clare's Writer's Tips: Don't Let Your Story Stall!
  13. Jennifer Represents...: Nutshell Spoilers and the Rhetorical No-no.
  14. Why Writing Alternate History is Both Awesome and Soul Crushing | Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks
  15. Top Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors
  16. Creative Mind Mapping for Novelists | Live Write Thrive
  17. Three Ways to Use Dialogue to NAIL Great Characters | Ninie Hammon
  18. Stop Facebook From Telling If You Read A Chat or Private Message
  19. Why, Why, Why? | Live Write Thrive
  20. Linda Clare's Writer's Tips: Five Fab Fiction Writing Tips
  21. One Question: Answer It Well And Your Characters Will Be Unforgettable | Ninie Hammon 

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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